This is one of the many pastures that our sheep have access to all year. On days like this one however, the sheep prefer to be in their barns. All of our sheep always have access to barns as well!
*PASTURE: Fenced grass areas used for grazing livestock.
*EWE: A female sheep
*LAMB: A baby sheep, under the age of 1
At Uptown Farms we lamb from January - March each year. During the winter months, because grass is not available, we feed hay and grain to our sheep. Flat Aggie is pictured below by our big alfalfa bales. The big bales of hay you see below weigh around 850 pounds!!
*Alfalfa: A type of hay that provides nutrients to livestock
Even when we know they are close, we do not pull them away from the flock. This would make them nervous and might actually cause them to delay lambing. Instead, we check them frequently by going into the barns or using our wireless cameras-- we can look into our barn from anywhere in the world by just looking on our cell phones!!
Below the ewes are lined up in the drop pen, eating their dinner (alfalfa!).
*Flock: A group of sheep
They will spend a few days inside these pens to make sure they bond. Mamma and babies will tell each apart by smell, so having a few days alone together helps them to remember each other better!
In the corner of each lambing jug is an area separated off by a piece of wood. The lamb can easily get into this area that has a fresh piece of carpet for each new baby and a lower hanging lamp. The lamp provides a little added warmth for the first few days. Sometimes it can be really cold lambing in January or February!
*Ram Lamb: A boy lamb
*Ewe Lamb: A girl lamb
After being processed, the mamma and her babies are turned out into a larger pen with other lambs of similar ages. They will spend the next few months with these groups of lambs before being weaned from their mothers.
*Weaning: The time period when baby animals are old enough to be removed from their mothers